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The 15 Most Innovative and Relevant Ad-Tech and Mar-Tech Companies, According to You
In this week’s edition of Adweek magazine, we asked our readers to tell us who are the best players in the ad-tech and mar-tech space so that when you are facing a critical business decision, you have a list of companies recommended by your peers. We asked for your input on a range of services from best CDP and journey management in mar tech to best video conference platform (any guesses who could have possibly won this category?) and AI virtual assistant.
Elsewhere in this edition of Adweek magazine:
- Publishers are anxiously awaiting how Apple’s iOS 14 will impact their businesses. Apple has revealed the features for the operating system, but the consequences aren’t clear yet.
- Churn is the magic word in the streaming world right now. Here’s how are streamers like Disney+ and Peacock are combating it.
- Infographic: Consumers want brands to join the esports community. 72% of gamers want brands in the space (if they know what they’re talking about, of course).
NexTech Kicks Off Today
For four days this week, the brightest minds in ad tech and marketing tech will take the virtual stage beginning at 1 p.m. ET to give candid insights on today’s most important topics. Today’s speakers include Jennifer Gardner, senior director media, North America, Unilever; Domitille Doat, chief digital officer, Danone; Allison Murphy, svp, ad innovation, The New York Times Company; and many more. You can register for the event here.
Ahead of the event, our reporters and editors spoke with some of the speakers to preview their keynotes.
- MDC Partners CEO Mark Penn gives his take on surviving the pandemic, the Facebook boycott and hiring diversity.
- Integrity First for America executive director Amy Spitalnick explains why social media “has become the Klan den of the 21st century.”
- Professor Scott Galloway isn’t optimistic that the antitrust hearings with Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google, which start Wednesday, will be as productive as critics hope.
- Luma Partners CEO Terence Kawaja, ad tech’s top investment banker, predicts who will and won’t survive the pandemic.
- Trade Desk CEO Jeff Green isn’t convinced Google will actually get rid of third-party cookies.
Creating an Ad Jingle Is a Different Process When It’s for TikTok
TikTok has quickly gone from the platform only Gen Z is on to the platform everyone is on—and that includes brands. As you spend more time on the app, you’ll quickly realize brands have subtle presences in the form of jingles. Most famously, e.l.f. Cosmetics brought the world Eyes.Lips.Face, which became the fastest campaign to reach a billion views. It spurred 5 million user-generated videos, with celebrities including Ellen DeGeneres, Lizzo and Reese Witherspoon joining the fray organically.
How did the brand do it? Movers+Shakers, the agency behind the jingle, spills its secrets.
- Related: Speaking of TikTok, NPR podcast Planet Money has an absolutely bizarre, chaotic presence on the platform. We spoke with the masterminds behind the account about their off-the-wall tactics—think using chicken nuggets to explain negative marginal benefit—to reach new listeners.
Can Google Win Back the Market Share It Lost to Amazon?
Amazon has been gaining on Google and Facebook in the digital advertising landscape, turning the duopoly into a triopoly. Now, Google is looking to make its own gains on Amazon with a revamped Google Shopping experience. The search giant is taking advantage of the fact that Amazon’s commissions drive away big brands. Plus, Google is hoping its platform integrations are easy enough that sellers are willing to try it as an alternative channel.